Charles Barkley: I am not among the greatest players ever

barkley-reboundingConsidered one of the best basketball players ever, Charles Barkley doesn’t really consider himself being one of the best.

Former NBA star and Hall of Famer Barkley was caught in an airport by TMZ, and was asked several questions, one in particular about Kobe Bryant, who is nearing his retirement in the league.

“Kobe has had a great run,” Barkley said, while signing autographs. “He’s one of the greatest basketball players ever.”

When asked about himself, Barkley cut it off by saying “I am not there [among the greatest].”

“I am not there,” Barkley said. “I am down the line, but I’ve been blessed to have a great life.”

Barkley, an 11-time All-Star, was named one of the NBA’s all-time 50 greatest players in 1993, the same year he won the league’s Most Valuable Player award.

Hall of Famer Barkley competed in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic games and won 2 gold medals. He holds career NBA averages of 22.1 ppg and 11.7 rpg in 36.7 minutes on the court. Barkley played in 1073 NBA games, starting in 1012 of them.

Despite being one of the best to ever play the game, Barkley never won an NBA title.

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